Person:James Polk (3)

m. 25 Dec 1794
  1. President James Knox Polk1795 - 1849
  2. Jane Maria Polk1798 - 1876
  3. Lydia Eliza Polk1800 - 1864
  4. Franklin E. PolkAbt 1802 - 1831
  5. Marshall Tate Polk1805 - 1831
  6. John Polk1806 - 1831
  7. Naomi Tate Polk1809 - 1836
  8. Ophelia Clarissa Polk1811 - 1851
  9. William Hawkins Polk1815 - 1862
  10. Samuel Washington PolkAbt 1817 - 1839
m. 1 Jan 1824
Facts and Events
Name President James Knox Polk
Gender Male
Birth[1][2] 2 Nov 1795 Pineville, Mecklenburg, North Carolina, United States
Marriage 1 Jan 1824 Murfreesboro, Rutherford, Tennessee, United Statesto Sarah Childress
Death[1] 15 Jun 1849 Nashville, Davidson, Tennessee, United States
Reference Number? Q11891?

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James Knox Polk (November 2, 1795 – June 15, 1849) was the 11th President of the United States (1845–1849). Polk was born in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. He later lived in and represented Tennessee. A Democrat, Polk served as the 17th Speaker of the House of Representatives (1835–1839) and Governor of Tennessee (1839–1841). Polk was the surprise (dark horse) candidate for president in 1844, defeating Henry Clay of the rival Whig Party by promising to annex Texas. Polk was a leader of Jacksonian Democracy during the Second Party System.

Polk was the last strong pre–Civil War president, and he is the earliest of whom there are surviving photographs taken during a term in office. He is noted for his foreign policy successes. He threatened war with Britain over the issue of which nation owned the Oregon Country, then backed away and split the ownership of the region with Britain. When Mexico rejected American annexation of Texas, Polk led the nation to a sweeping victory in the Mexican–American War, which gave the United States most of its present Southwest. He secured passage of the Walker tariff of 1846, which had low rates that pleased his native South, and he established a treasury system that lasted until 1913.

Polk oversaw the opening of the U.S. Naval Academy and the Smithsonian Institution, the groundbreaking for the Washington Monument, and the issuance of the first postage stamps in the United States. He promised to serve only one term and did not run for reelection. He died of cholera three months after his term ended.

Scholars have ranked him favorably on the list of greatest presidents for his ability to set an agenda and achieve all of it. Polk has been called the "least known consequential president" of the United States.

Married Sarah Childress, no children.

  1. 1.0 1.1 James K. Polk, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.
  2. Rumple, Rev. Jethro. History of Rowan County, North Carolina, containing sketches of prominent families and distinguished men. (Regional Publishing Company, 1978).
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